T K Kurien (TK) is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Wipro Ltd and serves on its board of directors. TK’s role is to chart out the technology roadmap for the company and focus on shaping the strategic direction of the key initiatives for the future. In his five years as the Chief Executive Officer, TK spearheaded Wipro’s transformation from a traditional IT and BPO company into a next generation technology and consulting firm.
In his career spanning over three decades, TK has held several leadership positions encompassing strategic and operational roles. TK began his career with Wipro in 2000 and has been instrumental in building and scaling many of Wipro’s successful businesses. As a transformational and inspirational leader, he has spearheaded diverse businesses in Wipro including EcoEnergy, Business Process Services, Media, Telecom and Consulting business divisions at Wipro. TK is credited with playing a catalytic role in achieving global recognition and leadership for these businesses.
Prior to being appointed CEO, TK was the President of Wipro’s EcoEnergy division, driving a business that was ahead of its time, utilizing the concept of Internet of things, long before it became the buzz word of today. In June 2008, TK took on the responsibility to build Wipro’s Consulting arm, WCS (Wipro Consulting Services), establishing it as a distinct offering.
From 2004 to 2008, TK headed Wipro BPS (formerly Wipro BPO), achieving market leadership and best-in-class profitability. For its exceptional performance, TK was awarded the Global BPO Industry Leader award by IQPC (International Quality & Productivity Center) in 2007.
In prior leadership roles, TK was the Chief Executive of Wipro’s Healthcare & Life Sciences unit and set up the Telecom Internet Service Provider business, which significantly accelerated Wipro’s revenue growth.
A strong votary of women’s rights, TK is a recipient of the 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Award – a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact – for Wipro’s proactive commitment to gender equality. He serves on the Board of Directors of Catalyst, a global organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and is the Chair of its India Advisory Board. In May 2014, the American India Foundation, committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, honored TK for his corporate and philanthropic leadership.
Before joining Wipro, TK served as the Managing Director of GE X Ray from October 1997 to January 2000. Prior to that, he was the CFO of GE Medical Systems (South Asia). An influential speaker, TK is a Chartered Accountant by training. He has an abiding interest in strategy and history and is an avid runner.